Monthly Archives: May 2009

Just a coincidence?

Yesterday, Apartment Therapy posted about Linnea’s Color Coordinated Closet.

Linneas closet

Linnea's closet

Now, anyone who has seen my home knows that I am all about the colour coordinated closet.

Linnaea's colour coordinated skirts and shirts

Linnaea's colour coordinated skirts and shirts

 

It’s not as obvious with the skirts, and the colours in the photos aren’t great (it’s raining today, so light is an issue), but I’m just a wee bit obsessed with organising my clothes and accessories by colour.

So should we extrapolate from this data and conclude that all Linn(a)ea’s have colour coordinated closets? 

shoes and bags

shoes and bags

Or should perhaps Apartment Therapy was just celebrating my birthday in their own special way. Either way, the excuse to spend time enjoying all the colours in my closet is very much appreciated on a rainy, grey day.

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this little piggy

I am completely in love with this needle felted boar by Victor Dubrovsky.

old boar needle felted from wool

old boar needle felted from wool

More shots of this fellow, as well as oodles of other wonderful pigs, dogs, cows, sheep and birds can be seen here. Thanks to craftzine for sharing. I like the owlet almost as much as the grizzled old boar. The eyes on both critters are just wonderful.

Have I mentioned that it’s my birthday tomorrow? ::hint,hint::

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follow through, the having of

I really do need to get better about posting more often, instead of just accumulating big piles of photographs and *plans* for posts. Then I wouldn’t be stuck trying to figure out how to string together 5 days worth of thoughts and projects into a single coherent story, without resorting to variations on ‘and then I … and then I …’

In lieu of this masterful summary post, today I’d like to share just a few of the happy moments I’ve caught on film over the past week or so.

 

Breakfast on the balcony

Breakfast on the balcony

 

sweet old girl, basking in the sun

sweet old girl, basking in the sun

summer reading plans

summer reading plans

 

thrift store scores, hanging on the line

thrift store scores, hanging on the line

summer dress

summer dress

lilac tree + lilac house

lilac tree + lilac house

So what’s making you smile these days?

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John and Michael

Hooray. My friend Shira’s amazing film ‘John and Michael’ is finally available on the NFB web site.

From the site:

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down’s syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis, also intellectually challenged, brings the men alive with great sensitivity. 
 

Shira is an incredibly talented animator. In this film she uses modeling clay on glass to animate the story. The images are gorgeous.

Many more stills from the film are available at the NFB web site.

Shira’s next film should be finished soon. I can’t wait to see it.

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fresh start

The weekend was mostly rainy and cold, but fun and productive fall the same. Saturday morning, I spent several happy hours making the tour of some of the North Shore nurseries with my upstairs neighbours, to stock up on flowers, herbs and lettuces for our respective balcony gardens. I resisted the impulse to replace my long lost hibiscus plants (casualties of the ice storm – I am still bitter about it more than a decade later) with these gorgeous ones.
And I also managed to resist the lure of this stunning hanging basket.

Although we all did our best not to go overboard, we came home with the car filled to overflowing with lovely colourful growing things (best smelling car trip ever). We bought several pretty hanging baskets and a mix of annuals and perennials for the shared front areas.

The basket of strawberries hanging in the foreground is all mine, and is already hanging on my back balcony. I also got sweet peas and pansies (two of my favourite spring flowers), a maché mix, and a good selection of herbs.


I didn’t get anything planted yesterday – it was too cold to make the thought of sticking my hands in the dirt at all pleasant. But the cold weather did make it a good day for puttering around indoors washing dishes and working on my drawstring produce bags.

produce bags

They need some cheerful embroidery or appliques to make them more fun, but at least I’ve figured out how to sew the netting without too much gathering. The idea for these comes from Wendy at Wisdom of the Moon. Of course, since I’m a stubborn fool, I didn’t follow any of her excellent directions and instead spent several hours ‘experimenting’ with the best way to create the channel for the draw strings. But I’ve got the technique down now, so it just remains to make a dozen or so for the friends I’ve promised them to.

But in the meantime, it’s Monday morning, and my office is calling to me:

My home office, complete with my two helpful assistants

My home office, complete with my two helpful assistants

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black gold

I spent a very happy hour or so this afternoon harvesting a winter’s worth of compost from my worm bin. I wound up with about 2 gallons for my troubles and also made the discovery that my worms really, really don’t care for sweet potato peels. I must have had about 5 potatoes worth of peels by the end. They’ve all been transfered to the conventional compost bin – hopefully the microbes won’t be so picky.

Now that I’ve got the worm bin compost harvested, it’s time to get serious about gardening. I’ve got various little sprouts growing from seed that need to be potted up, and tomorrow morning I’m heading to the nursery with my neighbours to indulge in some flats of annuals and the veggies I haven’t got started myself.

But for tonight, I’m happy just to sit here in the twilight, enjoying the scent of my next door neighbour’s lilac tree wafting past on the breeze.

Sweet dreams.

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9. Surprisingly well done

On Saturday morning, I made a long list of things I hoped to accomplish this weekend. Here it is again with the completed tasks scratched off.

  • bake sticky buns
  • get more seeds started
  • finish cleaning up back deck
  • return library books (and get others)
  • add lace inset to black dress
  • make planters
  • vacuum
  • repair window screen
  • find bobbin holder insert for sewing machine
  • take pictures for photo project [picture here]
  • laundry
  • finish grading summary reports
  • make chicken stock
  • figure out fabric for library bag project
  • make delicate wash bag prototype
  • clear out at least 8GBs of hard drive space
  • Mile End Jane’s Walk, Sunday @ 2pm

 

cinnamon-raisin-walnut buns with maple syrup glaze

cinnamon-raisin-walnut buns with maple syrup glaze

 

Janes Walkers in front of well preserved 1910-ish flats in east Mile-End

Jane's Walkers in front of well preserved 1910-ish flats in east Mile-End

As for the rest, I made a good stab at the back deck (only a small corner is still really in shambles),

 

my summer reading nook, complete with dozing dog

my summer reading nook, complete with dozing dog

and I did the initial leg work for replacing the screen and the sewing machine part (which it turns out is called a shuttle). The grading and the library trip will happen tomorrow. The rest…

Well there’s always another weekend.

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